tanichols (3) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Draft. I hadn’t heard or looked up much about this brew before trying it and thought I may be taking a risk, but North Coast performed as always! An enjoyable brew with a nice head and a smooth rich taste. The aroma left me with questions but the taste was the performer. Hints of chocolate and coffee and caramel with some familiar "cookie" spices. Poured near black with a beige head and finished warming with a somewhat bitter end of coffee pot aftertaste. Thinner than some of my favorite other Imperial Stouts, but not bad! My tastebuds are still interpreting this interesting brew.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I tried this beer I blurted out un-f**king believable because this stout is so amazing. The aroma smells like any other Russian Imperial Stout and the head sits on the top of the beer with the grace of Russian Czar, but the taste is insane. I dont know what North Coast does to this beer to make it so smooth and sweet but keep it going. Roasted mocha and caramel malts with hints of vanilla and all spice. Want to try this on tap. Similar to Heavyweight but much better.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: overall a pretty good tasting russian imperial stout, the 9%’ers always taste better, normal chocolate and coffee flavors, real good beer
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with thick bubbly brown head. Lace all over the glass. Aroma is of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling. Taste is malty and roasty. Begins sweet and slightly of caramel and finishes of coffee. Slightly warming at the end.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown almost black. Has aroma of fruit and malt with a nice full flavor of chocolate, and roasted coffee.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. I assume the color was pitch black..hard to tell when your sitting on the back porch around 10pm smoking a nice Partagus. Choc malty flavor. I let is sit out of the fridge for about 45 minutes.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
from the bottle. poured black with a nice brown head. aroma caramel, bitter sweet chocolate, malts, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits, with hints of alcohol. coffee. flavor a nice bitter sweet chocolate, caramels, malt, a nice bitter dryness to this sure glad I picked up a 4 pack.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and alcohol apparent in the aroma. Flavors of coffe, chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Thinner than many Russian Imperial Stouts I have had. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall very nice.
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a brown/blackish colour. Off-white head. Has a smell of coffee and chocolate and a roasted smell. Some hints of alcohol too. The taste is roasted and abit bitter, you have chocolate and coffee taste too. It has a a nice bitter aftertaste. This is one of the best imperial stouts i have ever tasted.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark brown, with an off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate malt, alcohol, a tad smoky. Deep malty flavor, a hint of coffee, alcohol, and some smoky flavor. Flavors hang around a bit in the finish, not as thick and rich some other imperials that I’ve had. Certainly a cut below the best imperial stouts, but don’t let that take anything away from the quality of this brew.